Kylian Mbappe

Wenger: ‘Arsenal almost signed Kylian Mbappe’ (Video)

Arsene Wenger & Kylian Mbappe

On Wednesday, Kylian Mbappe was finally unveiled at PSG.

Mbappe joined PSG on transfer deadline day following a protracted departure from Monaco.

Earlier in the summer, many believed that Real Madrid were in pole position to land the French starlet.

But in the end PSG managed to snare the 18-year-old striker. Mbappe will now play alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani in what appears to be one of the most lethal attacking units in club football.

Arsenal take on Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend, and in his Thursday presser, Arsene Wenger discussed Mbappe.

According to the Gunners boss, Arsenal were close to landing the striker in the past. He said:

Well, I believe that we were on the case last year.

He was close to joining us last year – closer than this year because of the competition for him.

For 90 percent of the players, their career depends on where they choose to go. For 10 percent, they will be a success wherever they will go and he is one of them.

He is an exceptional footballer.

Watch the video below.

Arsenal v Bournemouth

After successive defeats at Stoke and at Liverpool, Arsenal will be looking to bounce back against Bournemouth this weekend.

The Cherries are one of the few teams below Arsenal in the table. Bournemouth haven’t won a game in the Premier League in 2017-18.

Ahead of that game, Alexis Sanchez has returned to social media. He’s suggested he’s fully ready for the Bournemouth match.

Arsenal will continue to be without Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere this weekend.

As for Bournemouth, Callum Wilson is still on the sidelines with his long term knee injury. Junior Stanislas is also out of contention with a hip problem.

Eddie Howe will be hoping, however, that Simon Francis and Nathan Ake are back for the Gunners game after knocks.